Medical hashish gross sales in Mississippi might start this week.
Elizabeth Cavanaugh, proprietor of Coastal Capital Dispensary, instructed Biloxi TV station WLOX that she expects merchandise on the cabinets as early as Wednesday or Friday on the newest.
Legally Rooted, a medical marijuana dispensary in Meridian, plans to open its doorways Friday, although product “could also be a day or two behind” because the state’s first hashish crop is prepped on the market, The Meridian Star reported.
State officers predicted in October that gross sales would launch this month, although solely 400 MMJ sufferers have been registered for this system on the time.
Now, nonetheless, greater than 1,700 sufferers are registered, in line with WLOX.
The state has listed dozens of medical circumstances that qualify for therapy with medical marijuana.
In October, the Mississippi income and well being departments mentioned that they had issued provisional licenses to 138 dispensaries, 47 cultivators, eight processors, 4 transportation entities, three state-mandated “disposal corporations” and two testing labs.
The companies additionally handed out 491 work permits to folks licensed as legally cleared to work within the state’s hashish trade.
Mississippi joins solely a handful of southern states which have legalized MMJ gross sales, together with Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Louisiana.
The preliminary path to legalization in Mississippi was derailed by the state Supreme Court docket, which invalidated a voter initiative course of and a November 2020 poll measure that garnered 69% approval.
In January 2022, the state Legislature authorized a compromise – the Mississippi Medical Hashish Act – that Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed into legislation the subsequent month.